2004 Domaine Aux Moines Savennieres "Roche Aux Moines" (Previously $19.99)

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90 points from Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The mother-daughter team of Monique and Tessa Laroche keeps to a time-honored (and until the last 10-15 years, still widespread) Loire tradition of releasing wines only after some bottle age, as well as of offering selected older vintages. Their 2004 Savennieres - Roche Aux Moines delivers a pungent opening salvo of radish, lime zest, quarry dust, and white pepper, then saturates the palate with a palpably dense, creamy, yet bracingly high-acid matrix of quince paste and salty, stony mineral dust, then leaves the palate utterly stained with walnut, peach kernel, salt, and stone. Follow this for a decade or more: the 1994 is still available and its truffly, nutty, minerally-intense performance is riveting." -David Schildknecht

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Chenin Blanc

- Also called Pineau de la Loire and Pineau d'Anjou. Chenin Blanc is an expressive white French varietal that makes beautiful dry, sweet and sparkling wines. Traditionally grown in the Loire Valley, the wines made from this varietal are typically labeled geographically. Vouvray Chenins are traditionally medium-sweet; Savennières Chenins are typically bright and crisp; Coteaux du Layon Chenins like Bonezeaux and Quarts de Chaume are among the world's most sought-after sweet wines, and the sparkling Chenins of Saumur are perfumed and delicious. What all of these iterations of the grape have in common is their ability to age, a gift bestowed upon them because of the grape's naturally high-acidity.


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- Of all of the French wine producing regions, the Loire might produces the greatest variety of wines. They range from still to sparkling, very dry and acidic to hearty sweet, and clear in color to a deep purple. The diversity of wine produced in this region is due in part to its dynamic climate, which ranges from Continental to Mediterranean. This region is best known for Sauvignon blanc, Chenin blanc and Cabernet Franc. The most famous areas in the Loire Valley may be Sancerre and Vouvray.